*I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
The more I read, my liking for sci-fi ends up growing. If it just so happens to have great female characters, all the better. This book had both an interesting science-fiction plot, as well as interesting main characters, one of whom just happened to be female.
This book followed the adventures of brother and sister, Devin and Jane. I liked both of them, for various reasons. Jane was the heroine who didn’t start out as such, but instead developed into that role over time. Devin was a reformed criminal, who was still sympathetic because of his determination to do right by his sister. I liked reading from both of their points of view, and loved the fact that this book was about a brother and sister team, instead of just a romantic couple.
There were various side characters, some I liked more than others. Riley was a long time friend of Devin’s, and I found him endearing, with all his brilliance in hacking, and how unsure he was around actual people. I really disliked Devin and Jane’s father, since he just wanted to use his children as puppets, in order to further his family’s reputation. Finally, there was Adam, Jane’s best friend and love interest. I really liked his optimism, and all his idealism. The reveal about him wasn’t really a surprise, but I still found it interesting.
The plot of this book was really fast-paced. It involved Devin being framed for crimes, when he discovered that his fiancée wasn’t exactly human. Jane, with lots of stubbornness, ended up tagging along, and various adventures, space battles, and revelations followed. I really liked how this book involved the question of what it meant to be human, and what exactly artificial intelligence was.
With all that said, I thought this was a good novel. The sci-fi aspects of the book were interesting and unique, although I did get confused a few times. Also, there were times in the story where the pacing slowed. However, that didn’t take away from any of the interesting characters, or great themes that the author included in this book. If you’re looking for a unique sci-fi, I definitely think you should pick this one up.
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress: her well-received Jane Colt sci-fi novels (Red Adept Publishing, released 2013), her upcoming Flynn Nightsider YA dystopian fantasies (Glass House Press, 2015), and her recently contracted YA fairytales, Fated Stars (Glass House Press, 2015). Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well. And though she's well on her way, she can't help dreaming of more.
Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.
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